Dennis Wise could give evidence in High Court dispute involving Mike Ashley
Ex-Wimbledon and England footballer Dennis Wise could give evidence in a £3 million High Court dispute featuring Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and former vice president Tony Jimenez.
A judge analysing evidence in the dispute has been told Wise, a former director of football at Newcastle, has given a written witness statement.
Lawyers said Wise was on Mr Ashley’s “side”.
The judge, Chief Master Matthew Marsh, has analysed a number of pre-trial issues at a High Court hearing in London over the past two days.
He is expected to produce a written interim ruling in the near future.
Mr Ashley, who also owns sportswear firm Sports Direct, has sued Mr Jimenez, who used to also be a co-owner of Charlton Athletic, over a 2008 French golf course deal.
He says he is entitled to be repaid £3 million he handed over with the aim of acquiring an indirect interest in the Les Bordes golf course development.
Mr Ashley has accused Mr Jimenez of perpetrating “fraud” and has also made a “forgery” complaint.
Mr Jimenez, a former Newcastle United vice president, disputes his claim.
He says Mr Ashley agreed the £3 million should be “retained” in relation to work he had done trying to find a buyer for Newcastle United.
Five years ago, Mr Jimenez was involved in a similar dispute with Wise with a judge ruling in Wise’s favour after a High Court hearing in London.
Wise had said he gave “former close friend” Mr Jimenez £500,000 to invest in the same French golf course development.
He claimed the “agreed purpose” was not fulfilled and said he was entitled to have the money back.
Mr Jimenez disputed Wise’s claim and said the money was invested in the golf course development in Les Bordes as agreed.
Judge Penelope Reed ruled in Wise’s favour and ordered Mr Jimenez to pay compensation.